19 March 2015

Peanut Butter Cookies and Sage

I have put in my order for warmer weather. It has been pretty cold the past couple of days, had to pull out my gloves and hat again today when I walked to the store. Maybe there is not too many cold days left. 

Did some house cleaning today and made some peanut butter cookies tonight. I am not a big cookie fan, but always thinking I should be. So about once every year or two I decide to give it another try. These turned out really good as far as cookies go, but after a half cookie I was like no I am never going to be a cookie monster. I got the recipe here; this recipe could not be easier or simpler, just me not being a huge cookie lover. When I do decide to make peanut butter cookies again, this will be the recipe I use. They will look pretty in the cookie jar that is always empty.

photos by spbm

I burned some sage to clean the house of negative energy. It makes me feel so good when I do this, but I am not a big fan of the smoke

I think I can have this quilt quilted in 2-3 weeks if I work on it at least 2 hours each day. Once I finish this quilt, I will NEVER hand quilt a large quilt again. I've been quilting on this for several years. I want it done and I'm giving it to my granddaughter. I hope she LOVES it!!! 

All photos by spbm

18 March 2015

Tuna Salad

I've been fighting fatigue and a week of not feeling awesome. I hoping the flare-up is on the way out. Need to do some energy moving in the house, trying to think of ways to rearrange the living room. I live in a townhouse and there are just not many options to moving furniture around. But I feel I need to do some moving things around. Everything is energy, just want to redirect it.

We had a few days of absolutely wonderful, beautiful weather. I really thought winter was history, doesn't seem so. It is 30 degrees this afternoon. I walked to the store and was wishing I had pulled out the scarf and gloves. 

I do feel spring will arrive to stay for a while very soon. 

On one of the warm days, I made some tuna salad for sandwiches. I love my tuna salad and have had people who do not like tuna salad tell me that mine is the only tuna salad they will eat. As always, I tend to use whatever I have in the pantry or fridge. No recipe needed for tuna salad. I always add mayo, a dash of yellow mustard, a couple dashes of lemon pepper, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion (I prefer red onion, but any will do when you do not have red,) pepper, (no salt for us, I have to watch sodium for David's heart issues,) finely chopped celery, chopped pepper, any color. Sometimes I will add sun dried tomatoes and/or chopped eggs and black olives. My chives are thriving right now and I chopped and added chives in this batch, delicious. We really like our sandwich topped with very thinly sliced red onions, peppers, black and green olives, and swiss cheese, and drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar. 

photos by spbm

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13 March 2015

Trees and Strawberry Jam

I did quite a bit of walking today, more than I have done since my surgery last August. I better get used to it, my car quit this week and it's quite a chunk to get it fixed. Since it is going to cost more to fix it than it is worth, not to eager to have it fixed. Not sure what I am going to do, had to cancel all of my appointments for the month and David's. Not sure how I will get to the pharmacy to get our meds, but I must believe the universe is working out the details. Fortunately, the grocery store is within walking distance, just a bit of a hassle if I need several items or heavy items, but can manage. 

The trees were so pretty today, even if they are still bare. Something about trees that comfort me. I couldn't help myself, had to snap a picture. And then there were these two friendly geese that paid no attention to me at all. 

 Strawberries are arriving and they are really juicy and sweet this year. I made one batch of freezer jam. I love that stuff. It is good on just about anything and taste just like fresh strawberries. I have made only freezer jam for several years now, got hooked after making it the first time. And, it is easier and quicker to make.

Made one of my favorite summer desserts, meringue topped with whipped cream and berries, drizzled with some homemade dark chocolate syrup. I could eat this every day. I sometimes use other berries and kiwi, didn't have either, so just strawberries today. 

Well, it's time to treat David's feet and take my meds. Hoping for a good nights sleep tonight. 

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09 March 2015

Eating and Quilting

I do believe Spring is just around the bend. The last couple of days has been 60, much warmer than what we have been experiencing.

I'm hoping to feel well enough to start doing some yard work soon, I'm thinking an hour a day would be a good start.

I was supposed to go in for an upper and lower GI this morning, cancelled for the second time. My mind just cannot wrap my head around more testing. I did the two day fast, drank the horrible stuff (not all, but drank until I started throwing it up). Thinking I was going to make it this time I went to bed and my head started swirling with crazy stuff. Around 1:00 a.m., I felt very sick and ended up hugging my toilet the rest of the night and early morning,trying to throw up on an empty stomach, Somewhere around 4 a.m., I could feel a migraine coming on, which made the throwing up even worse. I could hardly stand up, and was certain I could not make the trip to the hospital for the test, unless they were going to keep me and treat, which I was sure they would not. So, had to cancel. I was so hoping to have this behind me by this afternoon. I want to stop thinking about it. I'm not sure how I am going to get past this, but I need to get it figured out. They are going to get tired of dealing with me on this.

Anyways, after not eating anything for two days, was ready for something to eat today. I found a recipe of Pinterest, it turned out to be delicious. Stuffed shells with sausage and spinach and other good stuff. You can find the recipe here. My sausage was not very spicy, so I added some extra herbs and spices, had about a half cup of corn in the freezer so threw that in, and I can hardly cook a dish without onion and peppers, so chopped some up and added those. These were so easy to make and really delicious.

 I made extra to take to a guy who works at the station across the street from me, he is going through Chemo right now and I'm sure he is not eating properly. He is so grateful, and I really enjoy doing it.

Little A really liked her brother's Fancy Fox Quilt, so I am in the process of making her one in yellows and golds; it's going to be adorable.

 I have several quilts in the making. :)

26 February 2015

Fancy Fox Quilt Complete

I finished my little guy's Fox Quilt yesterday. So glad to have it done and in the mail. It turned out stunning beyond words. Pattern quilts are not my favorite thing, but this one is an exception. After seeing one done is reds, I chose blues since blue is his favorite color. I am wanting to do one in every color now. :) And since the back is pretty enough to stand alone, he can switch it over for a different look, though I imagine he will not.

You can purchase the Fancy Fox Quilt Pattern here.
Pattern is very simple.

I quilted it with vertical straight lines on my machine, so very pleased with the outcome.

 All photos by SPBM

If you like sewing and making quilts, I highly recommend this pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.

22 February 2015

Playing For Change Sunday

Some lovely and inspiring music for your Sunday.

Anything is possible.

Quantum physics has scientifically proven what the yogis, Buddhas, and Mystics have always taught, namely that the reality we perceive as being ‘out there’ in a fixed state is in fact an illusion. Instead what we are actually dealing with is a field of infinite possibilities which is in a constant state of flux. The reality we perceive is what our brain has come to assume is there. ~Author Unknown

21 February 2015

Soup Saturday

Sjogren's pretty much kicked my butt this past week. I was scheduled for an upper and lower GI, they postponed it because I was sick. Yesterday was the first day I was able to get up and it was afternoon before I was able to stand up for any length of time.

It's been a cold week and I hadn't eaten anything in several days, so I was in the mood for some soup. Made this wand I tell you, it was delicious. I do believe I could live on soup and salad and be content.

Here's a list of ingredients, I'll do my best, since I never measur anything it is abit hard to write the
These types of soup are so forgiving and easy to adjust the ingredients to your own liking.

1 small-medium head cabbage, chopped
4 chopped carrots
2 chopped celery stalks
4 potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
4-6 slices cooked bacon (I cooked six and added three to the soup and used the remainder for topping.
1 lb. ground beef or turkey. (I used turkey)
1 box beef or vegetable broth (I used vegetable)
2 regular size cans diced tomatoes (I used Hunt's with oregano)
On the spices I really did not measure, so use the ones you like and start with 1/2 tbls and adjust from there.
dash cayenne (careful)
dried basil
2 bay leaves
crushed red pepper
1 tbls. vegetable bouillon ( use Better than Bouillon)
couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Cook and drain ground beef or turkey
In soup pot add a couple tbls. olive oil, cooked meat and stir in onions, garlic, carrots and celery, cook for about 4-5 minutes, add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and cook until vegetable are cooked. Don't forget to add the crumbled bacon.

I had some fresh parsley and added it right before sieving.

You can add any topping of your choice. I added a dollop of plain yogurt mixed with a spoon of lemon juice, you can use sour cream if you prefer. Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, crumbled bacon.

Just use your imagination and personal taste buds to create this soup.

Have some fresh rolls, or bread of your choice.

You could even add some cooked quinoa, small pasta, barley, farro, etc.

Happy weekend! xoxo

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
― Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

16 February 2015

My Fight Against Sjogren's Disease

Sjogren's is a terrible disease that seems to affect every thing and every part of your body. I have been dealing with symptoms for at least 15 years before diagnoses this past August, when it got so bad that I ended up in the emergency room and in the operating room a few days after being admitted. 

I suffered in silence for so long, hoping the symptoms would go away. I didn't have time to be sick, I took care of my husband, who is on disability and has been hospitalized 35 times in the past 10 years. I had no insurance and could not imagine how I could manage a full-fledged bills that I knew all to well would come with any kind of treatment, test, or regular doctor visits. 

I wish I could go back in time and get treatment in the early days. 

Here are just a few of the things those of us with Sjogren's Disease deal with on a daily basis. 

I was blessed to have had wonderful doctors and surgeons. 

It is my intention to find natural and complete healing for this awful disease, that has stolen any quality of life.